“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
I decided to read this story as it was the book of the month on one of my reading groups I follow. I must admit it started off a little slow for me at the beginning which is why I awarded four stars. But once I was into the book I loved it. I will warn you that towards the end I nearly cried so tissues may be needed. I loved how the story focused on BOOKS! Its amazing and perfect for real bookworms like myself to read how books can impact and ‘heal’ people. I found it easy to read, fast paced and fell in love with Perdu’s barge! I wanted to be there with them all on that barge travelling, sounds perfect to me. If you haven’t read this story already I would highly recommend you pick it up! If you are feeling a little fed up escape to Paris in this wonderful story, I did and it cheered me right up. The Little Paris Bookshop is perfect for readers who enjoy an adventure, chick-lit, romance, bestseller and contemporary filled story. You will not regret reading this story, I just wish I read it a lot sooner. Enjoy, I did. One that will stick with me.